When Holden Met Katniss: The 40 Best YA Novels

Beloved favorites, underground classics, controversial page-turners, sci-fi sagas and more

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J.K, Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
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J.K, Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'

2003, Bloomsbury

Harry Potter is the rare series that, over the course of its seven books, makes the transition from kid-lit to teen fare. This fifth Potter book is probably the most divisive, but the series is never angstier than it is in The Order of the Phoenix. Those who grew up with Harry remember this as the book in which our beloved boy wizard finally grew up.

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